Suspect arrested after police chase starts in Lubbock, goes to Petersburg and beyond

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North of Crosbyton (Nexstar/Staff)

LUBBOCK, Texas — One person was arrested after leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase before barricading themselves in an abandoned house for over two hours Wednesday.

Christopher Tafoya, 41, led the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office, and Texas DPS Troopers on a high-speed chase at speeds of more than 100 miles per hour.

Police tried to pull over Tafoya at Slaton Highway and South Q Drive. He led officers onto Interstate 27 up to Hale County.

Tafoya then led officers to Petersburg and then south again through Floyd County. He then led officers to Cone in Crosby County.

The vehicle chase started just after 2:00 p.m. and ended more than an hour later and then became a situation with a “barricaded subject,” DPS said.

DPS said Tafoya was arrested around 5:45 p.m. and there was no passenger, as reported earlier. They said Tafoya ran into the house and barricaded himself.

According to DPS, there were no reported injuries at the scene.

The following is a news release from LCSO:

At approximately 2 pm on 1-22-2020 Deputies with the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office initiated a traffic stop on a white Ford Expedition. The vehicle failed to stop and led the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department Public Safety Troopers, Hale County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, Crosby County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, Idalou Police Department Officers, and Floyd County Sheriff’s Office Deputies. The pursuit went through Hale County and Crosby County at ended up at a residence in the 900 block of FM 651 at approximately 3:15 pm.

The suspects in the vehicle ended up in an abandoned residence and the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team was utilized to take the suspect into custody at approximately 5:40 pm.

The suspect has been identified as Christopher Tafoya a Hispanic Male with a DOB of 9-8-78. Tafoya was arrested for a Parole Violation and Evading Arrest our Detention with a Motor Vehicle.

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